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LETTER: Teen's gesture a reminder some people are truly awesome

'Young lady, you made my day,' says food delivery person of the teen who just wanted to do something nice on her birthday in Newmarket
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I was at the Wendy’s in Newmarket across from the Upper Canada Mall waiting to pick up an order for SkipTheDishes. There was a young lady in line about 13 to 15 years old, at best guess. Brown hair and wearing glasses. She was the only person in line and placed her order.

A few minutes go by and I can see her looking at me from the corner of my eye. I turn and look at her and she’s holding $5 in her hand. She says, “This is for you… it’s a tip… I know you guys don’t make much money and I’m doing OK, so here you go.”

I was floored. Such a young lady being so sensitive and aware, knowing the struggles of a food delivery person… being considerate enough to think this way… especially at such a young age…just wow.

Although financially I may be struggling and every penny helps. I am back to work and will slowly be climbing the mountain I built …from the dirt in the hole I dug… but I know I will get there.

I turned down the “tip.”

We spoke for a few minutes and she told me today was her birthday and that she just wanted to do something nice for her birthday. I told her how amazing she was and how grateful I was for the offer. I also told her if I didn’t think I’d clear out the busy Tim Hortons/Wendys joint restaurant, I would sing her happy birthday. She laughed… I took my order and left.

On my way to drop off the order, I realized something, I missed my chance. I should have embarrassed the hell out of myself and sang happy birthday to this young lady inside the restaurant. I shouldn’t care what everyone thought. I decided to go back after completing the order and do it, but she was gone.

If anyone knows this girl with a birthday today (I heard her call her friend who was with her “Leah”), tell her thank you for being such an awesome young woman and based on the short interaction I had with her, I know she will go far in life.

I am hoping as many people as possible wish her a happy birthday in the meantime. She deserves it. It was me who got the gift… not the $5 but the offer and showing me that some people are truly amazing and still never cease to amaze me.

Thank you…young lady, you made my day. I hope one day you see this and know how your good deed today made mine. I’ll make sure next time I sing you happy birthday.

You’re a true rockstar.
Happy birthday 🎂🙏🎉

Jay Kirkwood, Richmond Hill